Don’t Compare Your Word To The ‘N’ Word

My wife and I had another wonderful conversation last night and I’m pretty sure I offended her again, but she’ll live.

It seems that using the term “homosexual” is offensive and that’s exactly what the evil character in my novel did. I understand that it has a long history, but I don’t want to get into right now.

For the moment, let’s make a list of all the political incorrect terms:

  • Bum
  • Coon
  • Cracker
  • Crazy
  • Criminal
  • Eastern
  • Fag
  • Fairy
  • Fat
  • Founding Fathers
  • Garbage Man
  • Ghetto
  • Handicapped
  • Housewife – no joke. This is now called Domestic Engineer.
  • Illegal Aliens
  • Janitor
  • Midget
  • Natural Disaster
  • Nigger/Nigga/Negro
  • Psycho
  • Trailer Park
  • Ugly
  • White Trash

Now I’ll insert the warning. Leave if you’re easily offended. I don’t understand why you’d read blogs if you are. People say what they want on these things, but I’m giving you a fair chance. Leave.

What the hell?

All these words are banned from my vocabulary? So the next time I call my crazy unattractive friend a psychotic nigga, I should think twice? Well, maybe, but who cares?

Someone does. I know you care and it hurts your heart to think that people would use these offensive words. But last time I checked, we had this thing called freedom of speech so if a racist white guy wants to call me a midget nigger, he can.

This argument is already getting unorganized so let me summarize in two parts with two different topics: The N Word Comparison and Sensitive People.

Nigga

How dare people compare these words to nigga? I’m so sick of seeing articles with “Is ____ the new ‘N’ Word?

First off, if you feel that you’re not allowed to say nigga, nigger, or negro don’t write the damn article.

You may not compare your word to the oppressive slave word unless your people suffered from at least half of the list below:

  • Torn from their homes and forced to work in a foreign land
  • Bread and beaten to become stronger
  • Oppressed physically and emotionally
  • Weren’t allowed to vote at one point
  • White people thought they were inferior
  • Had to fight for equal rights and/or freedom
  • Sold and traded
  • Still suffer from oppression
  • Worked day and night while being degraded
  • Were lynched for no damn reason at all or for committing a crime
  • Are still ignored in history books
  • Are still underrepresented in the media
  • Your people heavily populate the prison system
  • Your people still can’t get jobs because of their history
  • Your people have experienced or currently experience segregation
  • The color of your skin, name, and/or culture prevents you from having the same privileges as European Americans

So who can make comparisons to the ‘N’ word? Some people are Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans, Latinos, and many other cultures that have suffered from this. But I want to make myself clear that though I support many of the causes out there including LGBTQ and Little People, don’t compare your suffering to the list above. It’s just as ignorant as you feel people are that don’t understand you.

You Overly Sensitive People That Need To Shut Up

How can you ban a word just because you’re too much of a coward to stand against it? How dare society tell me that it’s offensive to use the term nigga?

I’ve been called all forms of the ‘N’ word by people not in my culture and I’m perfectly fine by it. I don’t care about their bigotry but don’t you dare tell me that I can’t call my friend “my nigga.” You have no damn right to tell me the term is politically incorrect. If I want to use it, screw politics and what is considered “professional.”

I’m tired of educators forming different theories and ideologies about what should and shouldn’t be used based on their research of who is offended.

You say “homosexual” is offensive, but is “heterosexual” offensive? So I can call myself hetro, but because the term homo once was used for evil, even if I say it with the purest intent, you’ll be offended? That’s what I consider ignorance.

Look, I know I’m ignorant for not understanding your point of view, but aren’t you just as ignorant for not understanding mine?

I have friends that hate being called queer but are fine with being called homosexual; some love being called fags. I also know people that hate the term “African-American”. I even heard a midget that hated the term “little person”, because he thought it was degrading.

So, if you’re the political correct one in this relationship–you sensitive jerk–shouldn’t you avoid offending everyone? You can’t. It’s impossible. You cannot save the world from being hurt because we’re all open to interpret things the way we want. Just because something offends you and others like you doesn’t mean you can ban a word. That’s the same way I can’t stop you from using the ‘N’ word comparison to defend all the oppressed “janitors”.

Get over yourselves. I’m getting over my own ego as well. We each need to learn that people will disagree with us. If you don’t like what I have to say, don’t listen.

Writing Advice

Don’t limit your language or attempt to make your work “politically correct”. No matter how hard you try, you can’t please the entire world.

Do you know? Some people don’t believe racism exists today? Isn’t that ridiculous? Just because you’re some wealthy American that:

  • Attended a privileged school
  • You were never pulled over for the color of your skin
  • You never had racist white people lean out of their Dodge pickup yell, “We don’t like your kind”
  • And you’ve never been discriminated because your name is spelled differently

doesn’t mean that racism doesn’t exist. It does and writers should depict it to the best of their knowledge and ability.

4 Thoughts

  1. black in spanish = negro

    I usually call them negro,(in spanish of course) and i get the racist label… even when i tell them: nigger is negroide not negro… people is stupid and will EVER be.

    Btw true fact, many other cultures have been treaten same way as the african slaves… (slave, is a word derived from some country’s name, where they got the first slaves if my bad memory doesnt misbehave…)

    1. I agree with you. Plenty of cultures have suffered something similar. That’s why I said, “So who can make comparisons to the ‘N’ word? Some people are Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans, Latinos, and many other cultures that have suffered from this.” Too many people have been oppressed throughout history, especially Jews. I was really trying to point out that there are many groups of people that like to compare their struggles to African Americans when they haven’t suffered the same types of injustices.

      Also, “slave” originated from the word “Slav”. Slav comes from the Slavic people. In the 6th century, so many Slavic soldiers were thrown into captivity that the Slavs became synonymous with being slaves. There’s more history to it, but that’s it in a nutshell.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Get over it!! The blacks have made it what it is today. Always playing the race card, oh poor pitiful me! I’m so tired of it.

    1. Oh gosh! Thank you for this comment. I love ignorant people. LOVE EM!

      [Clears throat] This post was originally a comic piece based on the culturally insensitive marketing strategies that people–not too different from yourself–use. But it developed into something more, which I’m very proud of.

      “Poor pitiful me?” Well…no. I love being black, despite any idiots that may come my way. I would prefer to see these marketing inaccuracies across large scale media because it encourages entrepreneurship (I always need help spelling that word) in our community. For example, Issa Rae developed “Awkward Black Girl” instead of complaining or resulting to “Poor me.” There’s another show that’s in production called “Mad BLACK Men.” Can’t wait to see that one. I also created a 5 book series based on a Black Anti-Hero to do something other than worry about what that good ole white man done dun to mey.

      If I had time to complain, I wouldn’t write novels. But could you please return to my website and announce what you’ve done to promote culture in your community? I doubt I’ll approve the comment because you lack diversity in thought and your biggest point was nothing less than cliche–“race card.” <---Hah! Side note: You know what I find beautiful about you and others alike? Of course you don't! But I'll tell: This post is my third most popular on my website--it has a measly 1000 views. That's not the special part, by the way. What's great is the racist people and how they find the post. I've received search terms that include "Stupid niggers, dumb black niggers, or slave niggers," and those are the nice ones that I can remember. You may not understand SEO and how it works, but it seems that this post draws in people that hate what I write. So...thanks for visiting. Double thanks for making my day! I was pretty tired until I read this. But I'm feeling extra motivated now.

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